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Middle Beach Lodge
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“I love this place”
Reviewed 21 March 2013 via mobile

I love this place, especially the cabins!! I have stayed 3 tines, furst with jyst my husband, then with extended famiky, and last with my 9 and 11 year old sons. The lodge is so cosy, fun to sit in front of the fire and play games with the kids. We borrowed rain coats and boots for a walk on the beach in the rain. Breakfast was delicious, as was evening cookies and cocoa. This is my favorite winter retreat, and I will be back again soon!!! Such a great place for quality family time.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

This was our second visit to MBL. This time we had a room in the building next to the main lodge on the second floor and really enjoyed the ocean view. The rooms are west coast rustic but well appointed with very comfortable king size bed. Decorations included a Fishing Rod on one wall and a long Oar on another. Nice little balcony with two adirondack chairs. We were close to the main lodge so could pop down and get morning coffee at the excellent continental breakfast. The assortment of baked goods, cereals, juices, etc was very good.
Twice we sat in the main lodge enjoying the huge stone firepace, the fabulous view and a glass of Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc from the bar. Outstanding.

If you are looking for a romantic, cosy place to stay to enjoy the rugged West Coast, this could be your best choice. Room price was only $110 plus tax. Great value.

Room Tip: Make sure you choose an ocean view room even if it costs more. It is worth it.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

My best friend was married here, and we stayed here for the long weekend. This place was great. Not only were the cabins clean but the staff was friendly. They also had a great breakfast. I highly recommend Tofino and this lodge.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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MBL_Manager, Manager at Middle Beach Lodge, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Dear NP,

We are glad you enjoyed your West Coast Getaway at Middle Beach Lodge in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia! Your review was short and concise, thank you for your positive feedback!

We would like to personally thank you for taking the time to post this review on Trip Advisor and we hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Duane Bell, General Manger &
All the Staff of Middle Beach Lodge
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Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

My husband booked Middlebeach lodge for our first anniversary trip! My parents have been staying here for years so we were curious to see what it was all about! He booked an ocean front balcony ground floor room in the "lodge at the beach" and at first glance were disapointed with the room. We knew from my parents to expect "cozy rustic" but didn't expect the room to be so small and have a sink two feet from our bed and not in the actual bathroom. We asked the front desk if we could move rooms, but unfortunately as it was a long weekend the hotel was sold out.
Fortunately everything else about the hotel ended up making up for the room. We loved the great room and spent many hours reading by the fireplace and staring out at the ocean. We ate dinner at the hotel for both the crab and halibut meals and they were absolutely delicious and great value. We also thought there was a good amount of variety at breakfast, I especially loved the cinamon buns and the fresh made cookies each evening after dinner.
A nice touch was a bottle of champagne and note from the manager in our room for our anniversary, much appreciated.
In the end we found what makes this hotel special, is not the sleeping arrangements, but the overall vibe of Middle Beach Lodge. Spending time relaxing in the great room, wine and book in hand listening to the fire crackle, the laid back friendly staff, the food and unpretencious nature.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Another excellent stay at the Lodge at the end of February. Occasional specials come up in Victoria newspaper and this one through TravelZoo (really good website for travel discounts if you haven't tried it).

The Lodge has incredibly friendly Reservation and Front Desk staff, cleaning staff, and the best "included" breakfast we have had anywhere in the world so far. The breakfast room offers a rustic but comfortable setting overlooking the beach (Mackenzie Beach) with typical west coast scenery of huge fir trees, hanging moss, the odd rook, and sunshine or windy winter surf.

We were upgraded from the cozy Lodge at the Beach rooms we were looking forward to, due to the annual maintenance work, but what an upgrade. The 6 plex, adult only, cabins at the point were beautiful. King bed, full kitchen, fireplace, huge bathroom with picture window through bedroom and out to the pacific ocean. They provide warm soft bathrobes and towels, and very nice bath products. The sunsets and full moon are unbeatable from this grouping. Don't overlook the Lodge at the Beach rooms though, they are tiny, but very cozy and have a cute little balcony to see the water, not to mention they are just up the stairs from the breakfast room, lounge, and huge stone fireplace in that lodge. Oh, and best of all - at 8:00 every evening they bake chocolate chip cookies and put them out for guests to enjoy while sitting in the comfy lounge around the fireplace. Coffee, teas and hot chocolate are always available in the lounges at both lodges.

Best of all, when you arrive there is a great display of tall sailing rubber boots, and yellow rain jackets for guests to borrow to walk on the beaches, or through the woodland trails. The town of Tofino is a short drive, or a nice walk away (in good weather). There is also a nicely paved bike path that parallels the highway for quite a distance out of Tofino.

Take the time to drive down to Ucluelet and have a look around. Lunch at the Blue Room was yummy. Then carry on to the end of the road to the lighthouse station and the Wild Westcoast Trail. A beautiful walk of about 45 - 60 minutes through and along the edge of the forest, providing some incredible views of coastline, crashing waves, and whatever else the day brings. One trip we saw grey whales just out off the lighthouse when we went down to see the sunset.

We ran into snow at the summit between Pt. Alberni and the crossroads into Tofino and Ucluelet, but otherwise a beautiful drive. About 2.5 hrs from Parksville, if you want to break up the drive from Victoria area. Total time from 4.5 to 5 hours depending on traffic and weather. Give yourself at least two nights or more up there to be able to enjoy the scenery and activities and explore all the beaches and trails.

We will go back again to Middle Beach Lodge - we have checked out all the other properties along the beach stretch, and for us, this one is tops. Crystal Cove has cute log cabins in a well manicured property with camping spots as well, at the other end of Mackenzie Beach. Check for yourself to make sure your style and needs are provided whereever you stay, but we would highly recommend this location.

Room Tip: Lodge at the Beach - Room 23 or 24 6 Plex Cabins at the point - Room 61 or 64 are at end with extra...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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MBL_Manager, Manager at Middle Beach Lodge, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Dear Julie & Brad,

We are glad you enjoyed your West Coast Getaway at Middle Beach Lodge in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia! We’re flattered that you have considered us your number one pick in Tofino!

We would like to personally thank you for taking the time to post this review on Trip Advisor and we hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Duane Bell, General Manger &
All the Staff of Middle Beach Lodge
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Vancouver Island, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in February recently and was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Although, if you're looking for luxury, look elsewhere.

We stayed in an upper triplex cabin suite, which was quite nice. It seems that if they had designed the cabins a little differently, they could have given all of the cabins a nice view. We were aware of the 'obstructed' view at the time of booking, and it wasn't that bad but could have been better I'm sure. The suite had everything we needed, although the kitchenette was tiny and a little awkward, with the ladder for the loft going over the counter top, which I didn't feel was very hygienic. I get that it's supposed to have a cabin feel, but the lighting throughout was terrible, especially in the bathroom. The beds were very comfortable and the fireplace was a nice addition.

The main lodge was lovely, I enjoyed the ambiance and one of the nights we stayed there, we played scrabble in front of the fireplace.

The complimentary breakfast was nice, although I felt it was a lot of fatty carbs. I would have liked to see more healthy options, although I don't have any suggestions on what else they could offer. Possibly a fruit salad or something?

We loved the all day coffee in the lodge, and the fresh baked cookies at 8pm were a nice treat.

The walking trails around the property were nice for a short walk to see the surrounding beaches.

We did enjoy our visit, and I would probably stay here again, but not until after I try out some other resorts in the area.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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MBL_Manager, Manager at Middle Beach Lodge, responded to this review, 13 March 2013
Dear Islandgirlie522,

We are glad you enjoyed your West Coast Getaway at Middle Beach Lodge in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia! We will appreciate the feedback and will look into some of your suggestions.

You would be excited to know we have recently put all new kitchenettes into our cabins and suites which have definitely been upgraded and are a much welcomed improvement. The lighting will also be upgraded in the near future especially in all the washrooms.

As for healthy choices at our complimentary breakfast, we do have fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, cereals, and fresh juices.

We would like to personally thank you for taking the time to post this review on Trip Advisor and we hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Duane Bell, General Manger &
All the Staff of Middle Beach Lodge
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

I stumbled across Middle Beach Lodge, as one of the only few options left on a busy Canadian long weekend, and I am sooo glad I did! It was such an amazing place. Everything was perfect! From the rusticly,beautiful lodge that offers complimetary breakfast, tea, croisants, and cookies! to the beautiful lofted apartment right on the ocean. You cannot find a better place in Tofino. I work at a hotel myself, and know the standards that need to be kept, and this far exceeded my expectations. It blows my mind that people complain about small things, such as the people WALKING on the floor above them, when there are sooo many other positives to focus on!

GREAT JOB MIDDLE BEACH LODGE! I PLAN TO COME BACK! :)

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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MBL_Manager, Manager at Middle Beach Lodge, responded to this review, 13 March 2013
Dear Swarr07,

We are glad you enjoyed your West Coast Getaway at Middle Beach Lodge in beautiful Tofino, British Columbia! Thank you for all your positive feedback!

Our amazing staff is the reason we are able to keep those high standards in place. We are constantly trying to raise the bar and provide guests with an exceptional Middle Beach Lodge experience and we are glad you got a taste of this.

We would like to personally thank you for taking the time to post this review on Trip Advisor and we hope to see you again in the future.

Sincerely,

Duane Bell, General Manger &
All the Staff of Middle Beach Lodge
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Property: Middle Beach Lodge
Address: 400 MacKenzie Beach Road | PO Box 100, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
#7 Family Hotel in Tofino
#8 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Middle Beach Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 64
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